This is the type of accident damage that terrifies me. Not overly significant on a late-model car but a death-sentence for those of us braving the dangers of everyday traffic in older daily drivers. Of course, I can’t imagine the anxiety caused by using an older Euro import model that falls even farther outside the realm of insurance industry logic, making it all the more painful to see this E36 M3 Evolution convertible on life support.
Although it seems minimal, there is supposedly $3,800 in damage done to the rear of this Hellrot droptop, enough to test even the most committed of owners – especially when the car is worth a little over half that on the European market. I’d love to see this car brought back to life by a competent body shop, but there is a lot underneath the skin with a rear impact like this. I hope the seller didn’t see the hit coming, because that’s enough to give you nightmares of the day your Euro-import M3 was eradicated from the vehicular gene pool.
Model: M3 Evolution Convertible
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 100,000 mi
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1998 Euro Evolution convertible. Approximately 100k miles. Located in Florida. Clean Florida title. I’ve had this car since 2008. Two years ago, I was rear ended and it took over a year of fighting with the insurance company to settle the claim. The damage is approximately $3800. However, I have bought around $700 worth of parts, therefore the balance of labor and parts is about $3100.00 The damaged area is the body between the tail lights. It can be pulled by a good metal worker or cut off and new panel welded on.
The car is a six speed.
Helrot on BMW Individual Imola yellow extended leather.
Tilt steering wheel
JB racing LTW flywheel and E34 M5 cluth (3k miles of wear).
The car will come on whatever wheels i can find to make it roll.
A large number of maintenance items were addressed 3k miles ago including trans fluid, RTABs, LCABs, tierods, diff fluid.
The top is in decent shape, however, I was tired of dealing with microswitches and resetting tops, etc so I accumulated the parts to convert the top to full manual operation. Those are included.
The car has sat since 2011, HOWEVER, it has had stabil fuel stabilizer in the tank and it has been started and moved regularly (at least monthly).
The price is $8500. It is not negotiable.
I’m putting this up for sale because I have too many BMWs and too many projects. Please keep in mind that I could get far more by parting it. However, I’d like to see it back on the road. I do have an E30 M3 that I’m considering dropping the swap into if this does not sell within a few weeks. I’m open to trading for a good condition S14B23 (or B25).
Would I fix it? I’d fix my E30 for sure, but the M3 might have to go the junkyard in the sky. I imagine the seller here is thinking the same thing, especially when considering the possibility of forking over nearly $4K to get the bodywork sorted.